Activate Maize Seed
- Very early maturing (MC10) delivering an excellent result in a short growing season
- Good cob tip cover
- Stays green up to harvest, reducing the risk of Fusarium infection
- Very high ME content (11.82 MJ/kg BSPB/NIAB 2020)
- High starch content and cell wall digestibility
- Produces energy dense silage
- Limagrain Animal Nutrition accredited variety (LGAN)
Extremely high ME content.
Limagrain Animal Nutrition accredited variety.
Growing A Successful Maize Crop
It is now the time of year, where we look at the results from harvest and decide whether this maize growing season has been a success. As a forage crop, maize is palatable, high in energy, starch rich and has a good ME – all of which contribute to improved milk and meat production.
Therefore, if your crop hasn’t produced the quantity and quality that you were hoping for this season, it may be that small changes to the way the crop is grown, could make a big difference to your results come harvest. If your maize has performed well this season, then looking at the finer details of growing a maize crop could enhance yield and nutritional value, whilst making maize production much more cost-effective.
At Wynnstay, our specialists provide bespoke advice on all aspects of maize crop management:
Of course, the factor which has greatest influence over the success of the crop is the weather, and this is totally out of our control. My advice to all growers is to apply attention to detail to every aspect of the crop’s management, and work with your Wynnstay specialist to ensure you are making the most effective decisions on inputs for your farm.
Maize silage additive is available from stock and can also be delivered at short notice.
Silage sheets and Clingseal are also available from Wynnstay Stores and Wynnstay Agricentres, click here to find out more.
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Growers are being urged to monitor maize crop nutrition throughout the growing season, to make sure they reach their full potential.
Dr Simon Pope, Wynnstay crop protection manager, says ideally the nutrient inputs for sowing and establishment will already have been applied, and plans should be made regarding the maize crop nutrition throughout the rest of the season.
The last three maize seasons have had the same result – a mixed bag of performance depending on region, drilling date and harvest timings. However, in 2020, growers had a new challenge to contend with.
The removal of the maize seed treatment Mesurol left a hole in the crop protection armoury, resulting in crops being at greater risk from bird damage, which in previous years would not be high on the list of issues for most growers.
One of the first questions to address relates to your soil and its nutritional status. Do you know the pH and the P/K indicates?
If the answer is no, then it is advisable to soil sample every field going into maize. The soil pH is fundamentally important to nutrient availability, affecting not only N, P, and K, but also micronutrients. Also, do not overlook sulphur, which for maize, as for other crops, is essential for nitrogen utilisation. The best advice is to accurately establish the pH and P/K indices, to record the amount of muck and slurry applied and to produce an accurate nutrient management plan which takes all of this into account.
Thanks to its high nutritional content, maize silage has a lot to offer as a forage option for both dairy and beef herds. However, maize can be a marginal crop if not harvested and ensiled correctly.